Letter from the Editor

For this year’s inaugural issue of our beloved Observer, we’ve selected history as our theme. It feels like a natural starting point because as any good liberal arts student knows, we cannot appreciate the present until we understand the past. So, here is some Lena-centric history for you. I joined the Observer as a spry

The Art of Protest: Resistance and Persistence in Hong Kong 

This summer, as Tufts senior and Hong Kong native Georgette Koo wandered through the heart of Hong Kong’s financial district, she found herself immersed in a tunnel of Post-it notes. Each Post-it was written by a different person and declared a message of support for the anti-extradition movement that has exploded in Hong Kong over

Log Kya Kahenge? What will people think?

There is a scene in Hasan Minhaj’s popular comedy special “Homecoming King,” in which he pauses to ask the audience the same question that every Indian parent has repeated incessantly: “Log kya kahenge?” It’s a timeless phrase that roughly translates to “what will people think?” and it’s usually accompanied by wide eyes and a disapproving

Reframing the Hong Kong Protests

Author’s Notes ————- Writer #1: As a student who calls Hong Kong home, seeing my city paralyzed by protests has been hard to watch from afar. But I completely understand the necessity of these protests. It has been inspiring to see people of all professions and classes gain an understanding of the imbalanced nature of

The Magnetic Epidemic: is the attraction of Juuls coming to an end?

For those unfamiliar with what the drunken juuling scene resembles, consider a watering hole in the middle of the desert—a congregation from all parts of the land, uphill or downhill, Carm Stans or Dewick Stans. When one whips out the magical Juul, suddenly a great magnetic force sweeps over the partygoers. Despite not needing a

Reeling it Back: The Rise of Reboots in Hollywood 

Nostalgia is in. It’s in the ’80s filled nostalgia of Stranger Things, the return of classics like IT, and Saturdays spent scouring thrift shops for vintage outfits. No matter where you go, this fad is unavoidable. But nowhere is this trend of nostalgia so rampant than in the flood of reboots and remakes entering movie

The Royall House & Slave Quarters: A Backgrounder of Slavery in Medford

History may remember it as a hub for the Abolitionist Movement, but New England must claim its violent history of slavery. While slavery in the South mostly consisted of large-scale plantation labor, the practice in the North often took the form of domestic servitude, due to the unique economic, social, and geographic conditions of the